tutorial – working a Russian picot bind-off

Russian picot bind-off

Recently, I showed you how to work a variation of a regular picot bind-off. However, sometimes you just want the stretch of a Russian bind-off, and combine it with the added pizzazz of some picots. That was exactly the scenario I encountered when I was working on my Framboos shawl. So, I tried out a way to combine the two in a Russian picot bind-off. In this tutorial, I’ll show you what I did.

Materials used

Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply DK, a good value, good quality 100% acrylic yarn, here in the color Tea Rose.

Needles: This is a pair of straights that I picked up at the second-hand store when I started knitting, brand unknown.

Working the Russian picot bind-off step by step

  1. To start, knit 1 stitch.

    In this example, I’m using a swatch from a stitch pattern that will be on this website soon.Step 1

  2. Knit another stitch.

    Step 2 of working a Russian picot bind-off

  3. Slip both stitches from the right-hand needle back to the left-hand needle.

    If you insert the left-hand needle as pictured, everything is already positioned correctly for the next step.Step 3

  4. Knit the stitches together through the back loop.

    Step 4

  5. Repeat steps 2-4 another 5 times.

    This is basically the regular Russian bind-off. You can adjust the number of times to make the distance between the picots larger or smaller. End this step by slipping the remaining stitch from the right-hand needle back to the left-hand needle.Step 5 of working a Russian picot bind-off

  6. Cast-on 3 stitches using the knitted on cast-on.

    Step 6

  7. Knit 1 stitch.

    Step 7

  8. Next, knit another stitch…

    Step 8

  9. …and pass the stitch already on the right-hand needle over the one just worked.

    Step 9

  10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 twice more. This is what makes the picot.

    Step 10: making the picot

  11. Repeat steps 2-10 until all stitches have been bound off.

The result of the Russian picot bind-off looks like this:

The result of the Russian picot bind-off
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